Examples Of Dramatic Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

analytical Essay
803 words
803 words

Edgar Allan Poe, a troubled yet brilliant writer, wrote many remarkable stories throughout his marvelous writing career. Poe produced a distinguished body of stories, in which he includes Gothic elements to give his audience a dark and eerie feel. In November of 1846, Poe published a story titled "The Cask of Amontillado." This short story is about a man named Montresor and his desire to seek revenge on Fortunato for an unspecified insult. Montresor lures Fortunato into the catacombs by inebriation and convincing him to try a cask of amontillado. In short, the plot dealt with the premeditated murder of Fortunato. What makes this story so interesting is the distinctive and unique writing style throughout the story. In "The Cask of Amontillado," …show more content…

Poe does a stupendous job when incorporating both dramatic and verbal irony, giving the "ahh" to his readers. One of the more prominent examples of dramatic irony occurs when Montressor approaches the intoxicated Fortunato. In hopes of revenge, Montresor is quite excited to find his friend in such a state. Furthermore, adding to the dramatic effect, Poe names the intoxicated character Fortunato, which means, the fortunate. The irony becomes recognizable when Fortunato's dreadful fate is determined. Fortunato was led to a blind death by someone who he feels is a "friend," but in actuality, a past friend who is seeking revenge, that was pretty unfortunate. Poe's use of verbal irony is apparent when Montresor suggests Fortunato to go home because he is ill. Fortunato’s response was “I shall not die of a cough.” And Montresor’s replies, "True –true.” This is ironic because Montresor knew that the intoxicated Fortunato is not aware of his surroundings and he knows that the journey to his death will continue no matter what. Montresor gave Fortunato countless times of being free, but due to his intoxication, he does not realize the chances to live Montresor has thrown at

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes edgar allan poe's distinctive and unique writing style in "the cask of amontillado," which dealt with the premeditated murder of fortunato.
  • Analyzes how edgar allan poe uses imagery to build up the overall tone and mood of the story.
  • Analyzes poe's use of both dramatic and verbal irony in his stories. montresor is excited to find his friend fortunato in a state of intoxication.
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